Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He has written for TechCrunch since 2007 and is currently a contributor at NBC News.

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  • Another questionable class-action against Microsoft

    So hot on the heels of the Washingtonians alleging Microsoft misled consumers with its “Vista-Capable” stickers, a San Diego resident has started another lawsuit against the software giant. He says that Halo 3 “consistently causes the Xbox 360 to crash, freeze, or lock up while the game is being played.” Considering the problems with the 360 and the numbers that have… Read More

  • Sony's Flash HD Vaio: hot, but not a cheap date

    Flash-based storage is the future, but we haven’t arrived in the future just yet. Sony’s high-end flash Vaio is a good example of this. At 2lbs, 10oz, it feels about as heavy as a piece of beef jerky, and with a Centrino Duo processor and flash HD, it’s a vision of next-gen technology. And with a reported battery life of more than 5 hours on power save mode, it’s… Read More

  • "Vista-Capable"-stickered PC's Vista-incapable; Microsoft to pay?

    So some Washington folks are getting all ornery over what they believe is a misleading sticker put on new computers during the lead-up to the Vista release. “Windows Vista Capable,” boasted the stickers proudly. Of course, many were only capable of running Home Basic, the most spartan of the many flavors of Vista, which does not include the flashy Aero effects. A group of… Read More

  • Nice, fat Xbox 360 back-compatibility update

    Microsoft has updated the Xbox 360’s software emulation, allowing more than 80 Xbox “original flavor” games to be played on their big, curvy console. Personally, I’m happy as long as Barbie Horse Adventures works, but they’ve also brought one of my old favorites, Armed and Dangerous into the mix, along with the classic Freedom Fighters. I’m sure you can… Read More

  • Make your iPod Nano box into a portable speaker set

    I still have the box for my 5G iPod sitting on some shelf somewhere, because it was just too nice to throw away. Of course, I’m a pack rat and keep worthless stuff all the time. But now I have a decent reason to keep the thing, at least if I buy a new Nano. Japanese gadget outfitter Bird Electron has a sweet little kit to convert your Nano’s box into a little portable speaker… Read More

  • Samsung puts RFID reader on single, tiny chip

    Samsung, our favorite tech company ending in “sung,” has revealed a compact and complete RFID reader, which they’ve managed to compress onto a single chip. It’s small enough (6.5mm square) to be embedded in clothes, posters, and probably babies as well – at least, if they wanted babies to be able to read RFID tags. Its low power consumption rate means… Read More

  • Wireless controller lets you Air Guitar Hero

    Cords getting in the way of your thrashing? Didn’t bother Van Halen, but what with the newfangledness these days of microphones, wireless pickups, and blue teeth, you don’t need to let the analog world impede on your digital fantasy. Wireless Guitar Hero III controllers will be available starting in early 2008 in “exclusive” Les Paul models – although I… Read More

  • "Lunar Resonant" LED streetlamps to reduce energy cost by 90 percent

    Raise your hand if you knew that streetlamps accounted for 38 percent of all energy used on lighting in the USA. Very good, children! It’s true. And now, the Civil Twilight Design Collective has designed an award-winning light-aware streetlamp that would adjust its intensity based on the brightness of the moon. By using this technology and LEDs instead of the steam-age sodium bulbs we… Read More

  • Can't bring yourself to switch? Make your PC a Mac hybrid

    I use both OSX (Tiger, thank you) and Windows (XP, thank you) but that doesn’t mean I’m simply indecisive. There are some things each OS does better, and one of the things OSX has going for it is its for the most part excellent UI. If you don’t have the motivation or, more likely, the scrilla to switch over to a Mac, maybe these programs will help put a shine on… Read More

  • Canon takes the hassle out of burning Blu-ray discs

    Not that a lot of people even get the chance to have that hassle, but Canon’s always been a forward-looking company. These camera-to-disc recorders are nothing new; it’s been a way for mom and pop to put their DV footage onto DVDs for years, but this sucker is next generation. It takes regular MPEG-2 SD footage like the rest of ’em, but now it also takes HD in the form of… Read More

  • LCD HDTV for the colorblind among us

    The holidays can be difficult times for the five to 10 percent of men with Red-Green colorblindness. Always being pricked by holly bushes because you can’t tell the berries from the leaves is both embarrassing and painful. Japanese company Eizo sympathizes with this market segment, and has created an LCD HDTV that uses special technology to make sure the image on the screen is fully… Read More

  • BBC's fawlty iPlayer a money sink "worse than"

    The BBC’s project to make its enormous back catalog of quality British TV shows available online was ambitious to say the least. But due to colossal mismanagement and a lack of vision and flexibility, its iPlayer app is clumsy, unpopular, and pretty much redundant. I imagine a Dilbert-esque scene as the 400 people on the project all met and shared conflicting ideas for the bloated… Read More

  • OLPC project extends buy-one-get-one deal until Dec 31st

    Ah, the gift of giving. And getting. ‘Tis the season (for buying), and those savvy philanthropists at the One Laptop Per Child project have decided to extend the length of their one-for-me, one-for-you, tax-deductible computer sale. Still haven’t decided whether you want one of these sweet little gadgets? Well, now you’ve got a little more time to cogitate, ruminate, and… Read More

  • Buy anything cool this Black Friday? Let us know!

    We try to keep on top of the Black Friday madness – it’s all here – but we’d need an army of supermen to catch every single sweet deal. Did you guys find anything cool? Share your big buys here, tell us which stores were blowing it, and vent about how you’re not going to get that mail-in rebate from Circuit City for another 6-8 weeks. Watch that credit card… Read More

  • MS Explorer Crashes and Freezes Up, Outlook Doesn't Look Good

    Word is that Access is limited for rescuers – the ice gives them limited Windows of opportunity. Let’s hope everything Works out and the passengers are Zune brought to safety. Glad this didn’t happen to ME and my Entourage!

    Believe it or not, that’s actual news. An ocean liner called the M/S Explorer has gotten caught in ice off the coast of Antarctica (imagine… Read More

  • Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the Courtroom

    The Romantics, well-loved by karaoke masters everywhere for creating the classic song “That’s What I Like About You,” are suing Activision over the version of their hit in Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s. Apparently the cover in the game, marked “as made famous by the Romantics,” is so good that they’re afraid fans won’t be able to tell it from the original. Read More

  • EB Games, GameStop reveal slightly enticing deals

    Well, shoppers won’t be knocking down the doors at GameStop come Friday over any bank-breaking mega-deals, but at least you can get bit of cash off almost anything. Some standouts include World of Warcraft for 10 bucks, some good DS deals, and of course the ever-popular UMD Movies for your PSP, which are $4, about as much as it would cost to rent ’em. My advice? Buy a Super Nintendo. Read More

  • RIM working the mobile touchscreen OS for Blackberry

    Research In Motion has been reported as working on a next-generation OS for Blackberry’s mythical 9000 series. They’ve got a pretty fat list of improvements going on for the 9000s, in addition to the usual updates for the standard feature list. For example, they’re abandoning the half-and-half form factor and going with a single big touchscreen to compete directly with the… Read More

  • More free HD DVDs, Toshiba gives them out like jellybeans

    So if you’re not down to get your HD DVDs from Amazon like we mentioned earlier, you can go straight to the source. Toshiba is giving people five free HD DVDs to go along with a purchase of any of their new HD DVD-capable laptops. They look like pretty solid little machines, so if you’re in the market for, say, an SLI-equipped gamer laptop, but also want to get a little hi-def… Read More

  • Circuit City's Friday is the Blackest

    There’s some pretty sweet stuff going on Friday at Circuit City. You can get a 42-inch Sharp Aquos LCD HDTV for $800, a Roadmate GPS System for your car for $125, or maybe you just would like a fully-loaded laptop for $300? Sure, it’s an HP Compaq, but at three bills you can hardly complain. There’s more deals than that, including some stocking stuffers for pocket… Read More